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Joxer Daly Esq.


Joxer Daly Esq




Sean O’Casey’s playful scrounger from the classic, Juno and The Paycock, takes centre stage in this intriguing new play from the pen of Eddie Naughton (Inishfallen Fare The Well). With events that were to alter the course of Irish history as a backdrop, Joxer Daly Esq. charts an everyman journey from respectable member of The Foresters Association to a vagabond scraping by with only his wit to use as collateral. From the 1913 Lock Out, to the Rising - and the events of O’Casey’s classic The Plough and the Stars - to the birth of a new divided Nationalism, in Juno and The Paycock, we see it all through the eyes of a survivor like no other. Joxer Daly is an ordinary person trying to navigate the difficult waters of what was Dublin in the period leading up to the birth of a Republic. Brilliantly performed by Phelim Drew, Joxer’s love of language, humour, literature and song, together with a drinkers purple recollection, makes this a performance like no other. Entertaining and funny, Joxer Daly Esq. is a thought provoking gander at one of Irish Literatures most loveable chancers!

Running Time

70 Minutes - No Interval

Phelim Drew

Phelim started acting in his teens with the late Gladys Sheehan’s profit share company, before attending the first full time acting course at The Gaiety School of Acting under the direction of Joe Dowling. He is married to Sue Collins and they have four children, Vivian 14, Milo 13, Seanie 11, Lily 11, and a dog called Paddy-Fields. Theatre includes:  Joxer Daly Esq (Bewleys Cafe Theatre)The Plough and The Stars (Abbey production in Lyric Hammersmith and The Gaiety) Once (Dublin and South Korea); The Kings of the Kilburn Highroad (Livin Dred); Down and Out in Paris and London (Fishamble/ITI/Tiger Dublin Fringe). He has appeared in numerous productions at The Abbey Theatre including The Risen People, King Lear, Drumbelly and The Curse of the Starving Class. He has also worked at The Gate Theatre, The Almeida (London), The Lyceum (Edinburgh) and with Druid, Rough Magic, Decadent, Siren and The Focus. Film and Television includes: Striking Out, Drummer & The Keeper, Clean Break, Ripper St, Angela's Ashes; The Commitments and My Left Foot



Private: Joxer Daly Esq.

Comedy / Drama

The Joxer, Drew has created, while faithful to O’Casey’s creation is a more complete individual.


Phelim Drew is perfect for the part. He is every inch a Joxer.

Irish Independent

Phelim Drew is convincing as Joxer – the archetypal, gravelly Dub.

Sunday Times

Phelim Drew’s powerhouse performance as the wild-eyed, shambling figure.

Sunday Independent